Unemployment global challenge, needs multifaceted approach: Chief Minister

JAMMU: Saying that tackling unemployment, which is a global challenge, needs multifaceted approach to address, Chief Minister Omar Abdullah Saturday said hat his focus on entrepreneurship development through the innovative scheme of SKEWPY is to enhance the orbit of livelihood generation for youth of the Jammu and Kashmir.
Abdullah, who according to an official statement was highlighting his government’s achievements in his Indian Republic Day message to people, said about 2400 income generating units have been established under SKEWPY in the state so far providing jobs to over 13000 youth. He said during the last five years about 40000 youth have been identified and are under the process of training to upgrade their skills and enhance their employability. He said 40 reputed companies have been linked with the UDAAN scheme while many more are connected with HIMAYAT program under which 17000 youth have been trained and 12000 have been provided jobs in different companies.
Omar Abdullah said that under the prestigious scheme UMEED 9 lakh rural women are being organized in Self-Help Groups in the State during a period of five years to ensure their economic and social welfare. He said nine blocks have already been brought under the scheme this year. He also mentioned steps taken by his government for the inclusive development of weaker sections of the society including schedule caste, schedule tribe, pahari, other backward classes, gujjars and bakerwals.
Abdullah also referred to the measures taken by his government for the holistic development of agriculturists, horticulturists, artisans, labours and other poorer sections of the society. He said 3.75 lakh Kissan Credit Cards have been provided to farmers and 40000 artisans cards to artisans to avail the easy loan facilities from the banks for strengthening their economic activities. He said agriculture has been kept out of the tax regime to encourage its growth.
The Chief Minister said that his government placed power development sector in the priority list and recognized it as the most important sector to ensure necessary turn around in the state’s economic condition. He said power is the sector, which can strengthen the state’s economic health and lift it from the deficit level state to the economically self-reliant level. He said necessary edifice has been laid to generate 9000 MWs of hydro energy in the state in next eight years. He said during the last five years his government has launched new power projects of the capacity of 1500 MWs as against 750 MW capacity projects constructed in the state since independence.
The Chief Minister said that during the last five years his government completed some 500 road projects, 265 bridges and constructed 8500 kilometres of new roads besides blacktopping 15000 kilometres and concretizing 19000 kilometres of roads. He said two flyovers one each at Srinagar and Jammu cities have been launched besides completing many important bridges.